Kindness is more important than ever

Washington Post’s science writer Sarah Kaplan reports (March 31, 2020):

Psychologists are worried about the long-term effects of our new, socially distant reality. Decades of research has shown that loneliness and isolation are associated with high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, weakened immune systems and a host of other health issues.

But there is also hope in the data. Studies have revealed that human connection — something as simple as getting an offer of help from a stranger or looking at a picture of someone you love — can ease pain and reduce physical symptoms of stress. People who feel supported by their social networks are more likely to live longer. One experiment even found that people with many social ties are less susceptible to the common cold.

Spread Goodness and Kindness

In a USA Today op-ed on Sunday (March 16, 2020), 16 doctors, epidemiologists and public health experts explained how staying home is the most critical action people can take to blunt the spread of the virus….

“If you’re going to spread anything, spread help, compassion and humor,” the group wrote. “Above all, do not panic. Remember: Like all outbreaks, this too will eventually end.”

“National health-care experts rally behind ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’ initiative,” The Washington Post, March 16, 2020, 8:26 a.m.

 

Rooting out corruption

Testimony of George P. Kent, United States Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, before the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on November 13, 2019:

You can’t promote principled anti-corruption action without pissing off corrupt people.

Now let’s mull that over with a cup of hot tea with sugar.

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A new dawn for America?

Thursday, December 19, 2019 | Phoenix, Arizona

Now that President Donald J. Trump has been impeached (yesterday), can the people of the United States begin to repair the damage wrought by him as I prayed last week?

I’m trying to be an optimist. I see a balancing act between this president and the American people. Donald Trump has fallen from grace. The American people are rising in a nascent recovery.

Of course, President Trump can wreak havoc over the next thirteen months. He ran for office on the premise of becoming the Disrupter-in-Chief, and he has kept his campaign promise.

Nevertheless, he can’t cease to be impeached. The U.S. Senate can render a verdict of not guilty in his trial, but he can never be exonerated in the sense of being declared innocent. (More of this to follow.)

I’ve had a stubborn cold and been drinking hot tea with lemon juice. It’s not quite tea with sugar, but I feel less tense since the House of Representatives adopted the articles of impeachment.